Messy White Sauce

Is the sauce boss? Does your food need a sauce? I started asking myself this the other day. We had few people over and I made some pulled pork. Generally, I leave the sauce on the side for people to use it as wanted. In this case, they were raving about how it didn’t need…

One Year Later

I didn’t take this photo but it feels fitting since we all kind of ride the rails at our own pace. One year later… It’s hard to believe that I have had this blog up and running for a year now. I have been through a lot over this last year. Since I have had…

Chicken Bacon Avocado Sammy

Fried Chicks Bacon Avocado Sammy Years ago I met a lady who was all healthy and ate “fresh foods,” you know, shit like that? That was Rachael! Now several, several years later I finally understand fresh over canned, frozen, or whatever highly processed. Granted, we have areas in this world that fresh is hard to…

LEFTOVERS

Hey guys long time no see!! I’ve been a busy boy practicing some now branded shitty barbeque and, slowly but surely working the number for Famous Dave’s on my barbeque teams speed dials. Oh! the sleepless nights, and the adventures they bring in competition barbeque world. Needless to say that I have caught the bug…

Smoked Salsa

To help celebrate this year’s Independence Day, I made some salsa. Not just any salsa though. I smoked that salsa! Nothing is more snacky in my house than chips. As it stands right now, a bag of chips is barely able to take it through the day. With that being said, my kids get it…

Coffee Rub!

Hey there girlfriend!! So other night when I was trying to figure out what we’re gonna do for dinner I stumbled into this lovely piece of awesome. Naturally I wasn’t planning on blogging about it so no pictures were taken -.- Also, generally Rachael and I are not planners for dinner. We buy stuff to…

My favorite Ribs!

So when I think about the summer holidays, I think ribs. Most family get togethers I try to provide ribs. Growing up this wasn’t the case, just something I’ve always loved. I’m the person who orders baby back ribs at the local steak house. I have worn out my wife with trying ribs over the…

My First BBQ Competition (is coming)

ALRIGHT LADIES AND GENTS This is an exciting week for me and The Messy Beard Food Blog! I will be participating in my first BBQ cook off! With my family under the team name BarBQ Monkeys and Tayter Salad! Thanks to my Father in law for the BarBq Monkeys, and thanks to Taylor for playing…

Chicken Biscuits

Chicken, biscuit, chicken…. Biscuits sandwich? YUP! Why? Because being normal is rather boring. Anyone who has the luxury of eating at any fast food restaurant with breakfast knows that putting other items inside of biscuits. You must know when I started out on this adventure I did not plan for it to be in my…

Quote 3 Day Challenge Day 3

Day 3 I was nominated by Rachael for this three day challenge! Thank you Rachael! Rules: -Thank the person who nominated you. -Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day). -Share why this quote appeals so much to you. -Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day Nominees If you would like…

3 Day Quote Challenge Day 2

Day 2 I was nominated by Rachael for this three day challenge! Thank you Rachael! Rules: -Thank the person who nominated you. -Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day). -Share why this quote appeals so much to you. -Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day Nominees 1 MunchCrunchLife 2 Nik…

3 Day Quote Challenge Day 1

Day 1 I was nominated by Rachael for this three day challenge! Thank you Rachael! Rules: -Thank the person who nominated you. -Post a quote for three consecutive days (1 quote for each day). -Share why this quote appeals so much to you. -Nominate 3 different bloggers for each day Nominees 1 joypassiondesire 2 shesaseeker…

Classic Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits is that one breakfast item besides bacon that I’ll just eat, and eat, and eat. Until I become Fat Bastard from Austin Powers yelling for things to “get in my belly!!” I’m sure my wife is proud of those moments, love you babe. My love of buttermilk biscuits is thanks to the food…

HOT CHICKEN SAUCE

Hot chicken!! I know it’s becoming the new fad it seems. Dry rubs, sauces, dips, the list never ends!! Thanks Nashville for creating great tasting pain. This is becoming more and more popular outside of Nashville. A large amount of people out there love some hot food, and this is the pumpkin spice of heat.Ib…

Smoked/Baked Mac And Cheese

Mac and cheese This classic side dish has been around probably since the discovery of fire. First the wheel followed by fire and capped off with some cheese covered elbow noodles. Done right, Mac and cheese. I just love smoked cheese, makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Now that Summer is drawing in…

Ratatouille

We had a flash of warm weather last week. So I felt like cooking some summer veggies and reminiscing about warm weather. Nebraska is like a hormonal teenager with weather. The next two days after I made this it snowed and rained. Alrighty, to get back on track here. Summer veggies to me are squashes,…

Easter

Happy Easter everyone! It’s that time a year went our children are are set out on the adventure of finding hard plastic eggs filled with delightful treats. Here at the Messy Beard household we choose to have the Easter Bunny bring more learning and developmental items than candy. Books, flashcards,bug digs, and more oh my!…

Real Neat Blog Award

Thanks Zovi for the nomination!! I haven’t been blogging for long and I am grateful for the opportunity to share! =D Now guys if you haven’t already checked her out, click the link and do so! Her writings are inspirational, and can your feelings are expressed through her work. Now it’s time for a little…

Smoked Salmon

It’s fish season in the Messy Beard house! Rachael and I choose to follow Catholic Lent. Rachael really looks forward to it as well. She uses to help promote productive lifestyle changes. Also, on Ash Wednesday and the following Friday’s until Easter, we either have fish, or no meat! No meat is like a once…

Mini CheeseCakes!

Desserts are my Kryptonite. I have a major sweet tooth, we have to either not have treats in the house or hide them. After 9pm that sugar loving tooth takes over. I have been known to eat a fourth of a cheesecake at a time. Or a whole container of cookies. Reasons why I’m fat….

Missing In Action

I’ve been missing in action for a while now dudes and dudettes. I am not ditching the food blog or trying to scale it back. I have just been working my booty off!! I wanted to get some lingering debt knocked out and some projects around my house done!! So, I’ve increased my hours at…

FRIED PULLED PORK MEATBALLS

If you checked out my Pulled Pork post, then you already know I love pulled pork. So when I saw pulled pork meatballs, I got goosebumps. This one is a labor of love I must warn you. This recipe includes smoking meat (or your favorite method), breading, chilling, and frying. If you have read any…

Loaded Chicken Nachos

Nachos are one of the most simplistic yet satisfying foods in this world. Combining soft with crunchy and hiding little bites of heat, oh my! Eating nachos are one my family’s favorites right now. Loading up a trusty paper plate with chicken and all the nacho toppings of your choice… To quote a Whitesnake song,…

For the love of Crab Dip

Crab dip is one of those side dishes that gets me excited. It’s not one of those sides that’s on everybody’s party platter thats for sure. Growing up my brother fathered a crab dip that was simple, but amazing. This is not that crab dip. That one he can share if he wants! This one…

Crack Fried Pickles 

I know fried pickles became trendy a few years ago, but I just finally tried them a couple months back. The Messy Beard household procrastinates hardcore with trying new things sometimes! For the love of pickles they are AMAZING. I never thought something so simple could be so good! Pickles are one of those additions…

Super Side Series 

This is the start of my Super Bowl Super Sides Series! The Super Bowl is one of my favorite sporting events throughout the year! It is also one of my favorite events for food! No reason to go crazy over platters, and catering. Over the next few weeks leading to the Super Bowl I’m going…

Buffalo Chicken Wontons

It’s time to gear up for one of America’s favorite sporting events! The super bowl! Over the next few weeks I am going to be making and sharing some dishes that are going to be on the table on game night. The super bowl usually falls within a week of my birthday. So assuming its…

Easy Spicy Mustard

This recipe is brought to you by: The essence of vinegar! At my in laws over last few years we have done a Chris Kringle drawing for Christmas. With so many people, we found it more fiscally responsible to buy for one – instead of many. This year, we got a family member who is…

Wake Up Call Barbecue Sauce 

This recipe is brought to you by: Caffeine. At my in laws over last few years we have done a Chris Kringle drawing for Christmas. With so many people, we found it more fiscally responsible to buy for one – instead of many. This year, we got a family member who is just starting to…

2017 Year End Review 

First off I want to say thank you, when I started this journey I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. September 22nd I entered this world of blogging, and although it’s had its challenges it’s been fun! I want to thank all of you who have followed my journey so far. Through your…

Thank you Panda Bamboo!

So guys guess what?!?! I randomly entered my Faith post into a writing contest that included one of  Rachael’s. I just so happen to beat her =) Here is a link to the  contest https://pandabambooofficialsite.wordpress.com/2018/01/01/first-writing-contest-completion-of-2018/ Also here is a link to the original contest to read all the entries, which are in the comments. https://pandabambooofficialsite.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/writing-contest-1/ Not many entries,…

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS 

I wish you all Love and Joy on this Christmas Holiday. Regardless of practice. Happy holidays from my family to yours! The Messy Beard Family!

Smoked Pecan Pie 

I love pecan pie, it is hands down my favorite pie. I have never made a pecan pie at home before now. I was almost as excited as a kid on Christmas. I didn’t know how easy it was to make! I started seeing grilled pies popping up all over Pinterest and Facebook, and thought…

FAITH 

Faith, everyone has their own opinion on the subject. To be honest, I don’t care what yours are. I will listen to your views, and respect it, because it is yours. When it comes down it, I could care less. I have had a struggle with faith over the years. A good friend of mine…

Liebster Award 

Thank you Jenn, from Reclaiming my Sanity, for the award nomination! Being a food blogger I do not expect to get Awards, and I am thankful for every single one. What is the Liebster Award? The Liebster Award serves to bring new bloggers some recognition as well as some well-needed motivation. This blogging community is…

Classic Butterscotch Pie 

Butterscotch pie, don’t knock it until you try it. We welcomed baby Winter into the world in December of last year. My place of work, Target, gives the fathers 2 weeks paternity. Meaning, I got to spend some time at home for the holidays. This is when my passion for cooking re-emerged. I was taken…

Traditional Sugar Cream Pie

Does everyone say they’re “saving room for pie” during the holidays? Growing up I would be asked that question a lot, probably too much. My Grandma, bless her soul, believes a fat baby is a healthy baby. So, growing up I never had a shortage of sweet treats and only had to stop eating when…

Pumpkin Waffles from a box!

My wife loves all things pumpkin. Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin you name it. I am pretty sure that if she could put pumpkin spice in her hands and high five people so it poofs up like fairy dust she probably would. My son is following in those foot steps. With the world of pumpkin…

Give Thanks

The Messy Beard Food Blog Giving thanks, why is this important? Are we just set out to be the big box stores’ puppets? Or are we meant to let the holidays stand for their true meaning? Where do you stand? Nothing is more numbing than getting lost in thought. Cooking is my outlet, I can…

Green Bean Casserole 

Green bean casserole is a holiday favorite in my house. It is so simple and basic, but that’s what makes it so good. I know as a child I was always mystified at how it became so epically mesmerizing. Oh, that lovely time in life before you make it to big kid table! I know…

Amazing Sweet Potato Casserole 

Is sweet potato casserole a side or a dessert? I ask myself that question every time I make it. Who cares though? It is amazing regardless. Now I like to limit myself to making or consuming this only for the holidays. It’s odd, how we limit the food we love so we will keep on…

Homemade Stuffing

Stuffing is hands down my all time favorite part of any holiday meal. To be frank, it’s my favorite of side if any meal that has it. There’s something about bread that hangs out with veggies and stock that makes me weak. Think about it, have you had a fall/ holiday inspired  dinner without it?…

The Holiday Bird

Chicken for Thanksgiving? Its poultry and it’s delicious. I love a nice juicy bird that is packed with flavor. Now, I like mine smoked with pecan wood. I know that everyone doesn’t have a smoker. Right now, it’s the start of winter, you can find a quality smoker at bargain prices. So if you like…

Crock Pot roast and veggies 

Crockpots unite! It’s that season where we clean off those counters, wash off the dust, and make the house smell better than a Scentsy candle! I like the idea of crockpot cooking – low, slow, letting everything mingle… The finished product always is a beautiful marriage of flavors. Honestly, I am a rookie to the…

One Pan Chicken Stroganoff 

Date night! Rachael and I love to go out and have our night to ourselves. I love my kids, but we all need alone time with our spouses from time to time. Now, at the same time, there are times where date night can be at home. I know, I have tried to make steaks…

 Best Pulled Pork

Who brought the butt to the party? Pork butt that is! Pork butt is actually actually the shoulder of the pig. Little fun fact right there, eh? I know that as a child I always was wondering why we were eating a butt. It is the gift that keeps on giving, though. Pulled Pork is…

Sunshine Blogger Award

I would like to thank Ben Aqiba for the Nomination. Ben is a great writer whose posts make you think about your life through new light. That is his whole goal; he is a messenger. From his writings I have found a better understanding of my life, and the world around me. Please check out…

October 

As my family works its way into the holiday season, we greet the same challenges as yesteryear. What are we getting the kids for Christmas, how are we going to pay for it, what’s the spending limit? Adulting is hard during the holidays. We always try to keep each other in check during Christmas shopping….

The best Caramelized Onions

Growing up I hated onions, very passionately. I would refuse to even try a single bite of anything with onions in them. I have scrapped them off pizza, picked them out of chili, and acted like a four year old over onions. Then I found caramelized onions. I found them in my 20’s, but I…

Easy Caramelized Apples

Caramelized apples are like the stepchild of sweet treats. Think about it, everyone knows of strawberries and cream. They know about bananas foster, and peach cobbler. WHERE’S THE APPLES!?!? Johnny Appleseed would be ashamed of you. Did caramelized apples make you think of a filling for crepes? Do you think of them as toppers for…

Date Night Sausage & Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Has any of your loved ones ever found an idea for dinner that you thought you would hate? Rachael found this stuff acorn squash recipe, and I remember thinking “I’m gonna hate this, but we’ll make it for her”. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised! This is a rich blend of flavor that…

Simple Pork Tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin Nothing is more oddly satisfying than a perfectly done piece of pork. Much like a perfectly cooked steak, slicing into it to release all the ooey gooey goodness. Alright, before I start breathing heavy, let’s continue on to the pork. Pork Tenderloin is exactly  that, tender. Now, I ain’t talking about your “I…

Quick & Easy BBQ Rub

Rubs are very common in the world of grilling and outdoor cooking. Out in the world of competition bbq, everyone has their own rubs or little tricks. I know that I get caught up for hours watching shows about barbecue and fire. One thing stands true, everyone has their own special blend. Over the years…

Carmelized Apple Bbq Sauce

Caramelized Apple Barbeque Sauce. I know it sounds crazy! Because it kind of is, in theory. Think about it, apple cider vinegar is in a lot of different barbecue sauces, so why not the whole apple? It’s about time the apple becomes be the star of the show, right!? I hate recipes that hide main…

Apple Butter 

Apples! It’s that time of the year again. Apple season is the unofficial start of fall in my book. A few weeks back my family went on an adventure. We journeyed to Arbor Day Farm, which is one of a few apple orchards in eastern Nebraska. Here you can walk the rows of apples trees picking…

Steak Sandwiches 

I love to eat steak, there is nothing more succulent than a perfectly done steak. Sadly, the preferred cuts of heifer go for a pretty penny. Like most people out there, those steaks are for special occasions. For me those are birthdays, holidays, and when a day has just gone terrible. Finding the perfect steak…

Carne asada 

Have you ever been tired of the same old same old? Like a never ending circle of boring for dinner? No? Well, awesome for you! I can’t say I share the same feeling. A weekly dinner for my family was always tacos made with ground beef and the same toppings for weeks on end. It…

Chicken Wings- Smoked and Grilled

Summer is coming to the end! With that comes the autumn leaves and cool brisk mornings. I am going to be drinking coffee on my deck while watching the autumn sunrises. Besides the mowing and raking of said leaves, I love this time of year. Here in Nebraska we live and die with Nebraska football….

Black Gold Barbeque Sauce 

One day, my wife and I were discussing homemade barbecue sauce and the different kinds I’ve made. Now, I fancy myself a creative beast when it comes to sauces and rubs. So, it was upsetting to me that her favorite sauce that I make was someone else’s. To sound completely cliche… It was a day…

Welcome to the Family

I know that this is a Flog, but I wanted to start off by sharing more about myself and my family. I am very blessed to have a wife who withstands and supports me with my crazy ideas. While we play catch up with Atticus, our wild four year old, and Winter, our little redhead…